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Pasion (CLOSED) - 37 Reviews - 211 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, Philadelphia, PA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (215) 875-9895

Pasion (CLOSED)

211 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 875-9895
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Pasion (CLOSED) - Philadelphia, PA
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Pasion, Center City's first Nuevo Latino restaurant, closed this past Sunday ( 6/07/07) Reported earlier that Pasion's chef, Guillermo Pernot, was poached by rival restaurant Cuba...


We had heard so many positive things about Pasion, perhaps our expectations were too high? Regardless--the food and service were oh-so-blah. The skirt steak (an average piece of...

HELP WANTED! 11/14/2007

I have a gift certificate for Pasion; I just read that it closed in June........does anyone know if the cert. can be transferred to another restaurant? Thank you! more

Four stars for the cocktails (the pomegranate mojito is r... 8/17/2007

Four stars for the cocktails (the pomegranate mojito is refreshing), ambiance, and service. Two stars for... more

Four stars for the cocktails (the pomegranate mojito is r... 8/17/2007

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Four stars for the cocktails (the pomegranate mojito is refreshing), ambiance, and service. Two stars for the food. I'm from Southern California, v... more

The Famed Pasion Restaurant has CLOSED for good! 6/20/2007

Pasion, Center City's first Nuevo Latino restaurant, closed this past Sunday ( 6/07/07) Reported earlier that Pasion's chef, Guillermo Pernot, was poached by rival restaurant Cuba Libre, owner Michael Dombkoski closes restaurant after blaming its recent failure to the chefs absence in his kitchen. more

It takes two to tango and Pasion doesn't have what it takes 4/9/2007

We look at two primary items when considering to return or not to return to a restaurant: good service, good food. Pasion didn't come close to either. The Bad: The service. The female waitress was rude, impatient (as two of four of us asked for clarification of menu items) and ostensibly did her best to ignore us. We went to a relatively empty Pasion at 6:00 on Saturday night. As our friend was finishing her entree, the table was being quickly cleared of all items, the crumbs on the table were being brushed off. WE would've walked out (long before this). There wasn't a line at the door, what was their problem? The food was sparce and rather ill-conceived. The flank steak, scantily clad the plate. While the chicken was moist, the citrus flavoring surrounding it was intense. Some of the appetizers were so overly flavored with citrus, they were bitter. They were also left on some of our plates. Why didn't the waitress ask us if everything was ok? (See above for the answer.) We should've sent it back but since our friends recommended the place, we attempted to be polite. We understood the chef took license to make his own creations but that was an understatement. When we left to have dessert at Buddakan, the coatcheck man dropped a coat on the floor. He should never have attempted to pick up four coats at once and hand them out. There's a word for that I can't use here. The good: The chicken was moist and without the INTENSITY of the citrus would have been fine. Summary: We would've better understood some of the rush and lack of attention if Pasion had been busy. But, we've been to other restaurants in the same price range during their busiest time and they are attentive and polite. We're not going back. We went to Buddakan at 8 p.m., which was packed when we arrived. We had a drink at the crowded bar and dessert (and one of us made up not eating at Pasion). The service was attentive, timely, FRIENDLY and worth it. Pros: ceviche (but it was way too costly), ambience..., noise level Cons: Food other than the ceviche, lack of service, poor service, citrus flavor over-runneth more

Forget about Sushi...Ceviche is the Best 2/23/2007

I try to get back to Pasion at least once every three months for dinner to try out something new on their seasonal menus. I'm always impressed with their wine list which they obviously put a lot of thought into. I'm a huge fan of enjoying your meal as an experience and have never been rushed through a meal here. Food seems to magically appear only when you are ready for each course. But lately I'm addicted to their ceviche bar. I don't know why I have not indulged in this experience before. I'm not a fan of sushi so when a good friend who is a chef at a local restaurant suggested that I talked him into Pasion instead. Each night they have differrent ceviche options and we ordered the tuna, orange roughy and something else I cannot remember but it was fabulously fresh. We also ordered the chef's appetizer sampler after the ceviche and that was as exciting as Christmas morning. The sampler is chef's choice so each serving comes up to you as a delightful surprise. The ceviche bar is of course a bar that faces the open kitchen so it is like having dinner and a show. The chefs are wonderful and don't seemed to be annoyed one bit by your endless questions. What's that meat? What's that on the plate next to it? I'm tasting a flavor in the tuna ceviche but I can't figure out what it is...what is it? We both had a wonderful time and even though we only had the ceviche and appetizer sampler we left completely satisfied. Of course their were the three desserts we ordered as well. The flan was silky and amazing, a wonderful rice pudding type of dessert that was carmelized on the top which gave it a crunchy bit of fun but not too sweet, and my favorite...the warm chocolate stuffed pastry. Something a dream about regularly. I strongly encourage everyone to belly up to the bar, order a mojito, get the three ceviche tasting and settle in and enjoy yourself and don't be afraid to ask the chef some adds to the whole experience. Pros: Ceviche Bar and Wine List more

Not worth the money 1/23/2007

Not worth the money. Why do I say that? The appetizers were delicious, the best part of the dinner. The pork dish ( $27) was fine, but not any better than a typical latin cafe. Basically, all the main courses served could be had at any latin restaurant saving you a bundle. The desserts were not good at all - the factory flan and the bunuelos had no flavor - Wawa even has better desserts. It was a special occasion and I was disappointed. There are too many good restaurants to try, so skip Pasion and splurge somewhere else. more

4 hours 30 minutes 9/2/2006

We made a reservation for 12 people at 6:00PM on a Friday night. Although we had made the reservation over a week in advance we were seated at two separate tables. Three people in our group arrived a half an hour late. We weren't allowed to order appetizers while we waited for them. After eating our appetizers we had to wait AN HOUR before out main plates arrived. We didn't leave until almost 10:30! We wanted to get dessert but feared that would tack on another hour. I understand that it takes longer to serve a large group but 4 1/2 hours is ridiculous. On the positive side, the Deconstructed Gazpacho, Pescado, Appetizer Sampler (with Ceviche) and Empanadas were great, our waitress was attentive and the music was lovely. Pros: Ambience, Music, Appetizer Sampler (esp. the tuna) Cons: 4 1/2 hours more

Fabulous! 4/25/2006

We were in town for a conference and heard good things about Pasion, so we decided to try it. We loved the creative decor and upscale (but not stuffy) atmosphere and were impressed by the creative menu offerings and polite, outstanding service. I'm a picky vegetarian, so the helpful server put together a bunch of great sides for my meal. Tasty sangria and mojitos completed a great meal. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Pasion and highly recommend it! Pros: Cute Decor, Helpful servers, Creative menu Cons: Small tables more

Flavors of Life 2/8/2006

Tthe most professional staff and the most wonderful flavors make an evening here and evening to remember!!!!!!!!!!! The food is presented with passion, and the beautiful smells in the kitchen set the stage for an experience you will not forget! My wife and I have taken many friends over the last few years and we always walk away very happy! Pros: Warm Comfortable , romantic, Delightful taste more

Very Romantic Evening 6/4/2005

My husband and I went to Pasion for our 10th anniversary on 6-10-03 and it was just spectacular. It was everything I read about it and more. Very attentive wait staff and extremely romantic. The food was well presented and was very tasteful. The desserts were awesome. They even brought of flan for us with a candle and a chocolate that said Happy Anniversary. Highly Recommend it! You can't go wrong. There is something on the menu for all tastes. We found the prices were right! more

The Pat's of Ceviche 5/22/2005

Upscale latin cuisine featuring ceviches that change nightly depending on what fish is freshest. And not just average citrusy tuna ceviche, either, but creations from the chef's book featuring over 100 varieties. We hade excellent hamachi and scallop ceviches along with a hawiian fish whose name I cannot remember. Entrees include decent crispy whole fish and to-die-for smoked rib eye that even non-carnivores would enjoy. Desserts include a variety of homemade sorbets and ice creams icluding sweet potato with chocolate chips, mexican chocolate, and dulce de leche. Also good is the banana tres leches but the cacahuate chocolate was a bit on the dry side. Excellent service in a romantic atmosphere, and validated parking (save 20%) in the garage across the street. more

great dinner 1/5/2005

What a great meal !!! Can't wait to treat myself again. more

a great dining experience 12/9/2004

We dined on 12/9/04 and were quite pleased with the experience - a total culinary and visual delight. Our waiter was a little "over the top", but knowlegable about the menu, preparation of dishes and helpful in deciding on a complimentary wine. Would do it again for another special occassion Pros: ceviche, overall staff Cons: , pricey appetizers more

disappointing but wait! 11/30/2004

We went to ipasion recently, having 'discovered' it on citysearch.First off, the restaurant itself has very interesting decor and a great, romantic atmosphere. However in terms of the food itself we were disappointed.Our appetizer-grilled pineappple with guacamole was quite good though.For entrees I ordered their only vegetarian entree.It was steamed 'exotic' vegetables in banana leaf that tasted like mush.I remember giant lima beans and some kind of black tarry substance.Needless to say, I went home hungry.My husband ordered their shrimp entree and while the size of the shrimp were good there were just 3 shrimps for a $30.00 entree! I think they have some good choices for those who enjoy nouveau cuisine like ceviches etc but it is very expensive and if you do not have a very adveturous palate I would recommend caution! more

Dining at Pasion 6/25/2004

We ate tonight, 6/26/04. We dined at 5:45PM and the place was a bit empty so the service was top notch. Our waiter explained everything to us and was very accomodating. As more patrons arrived, around 8PM or so, he was not as attentive as he had been but we were almost through so it did not matter. The ambience is wonderful. Very very romantic. The food was excellent. I had the prawns which were presented in a banana leaf. They were delicious. My friends had the Chilean sea bass which was excellent. The chocolate cheese cake was superb. The place is costly but worth it. I would go again. The only negative aspect was the parking issue. The information on the internet is incorrect. The parking is NOT free!!! You get a 20% discount off of the normal fee so bring some Pros: Good food, Ambience, Attentive staff Cons: , Unisex bathrooms more

Mambo In Your Mouth! 1/17/2004

stopped in Pasion on a bitterly cold night for a quick pre theatre bite with my friend-so blown away by the taste sensations of our shared ceviches, empanadas, and arepas appetizers we immediately decided to make reservations for a more leisurely meal-can't wait to go back and really savor the incredible offerings we saw on the full menu-if entrees are anywhere near as good as our ceviches, Pasion will move right up into the top tier of my favorite Philadelphia spots-judging by some diner's comments overheard as we left I don't think we'll be disappointed! Pros: awesome tastes, exceptional variety, eat at bar Cons: smallish portions more

Buen Provecho 1/11/2004

The cerviche and empanadas were excellent! I sat at the Chef's bar, and it was a wonderful experience. You will see the cooks preparing the wonderful and creative meals that come to your table. I definitely recommend sitting at the Chef's bar. Pros: ambience, service, creativity more

Incredible 9/17/2003

I really enjoyed Chef Guillermo's ceviche's and the unbelievable combinations in his entree's. The place is beautiful and an absolute must! Pros: Food, Ambiance, Staff more

Best in Philly 5/22/2003

Simply the best dining experience in Philadelphia. Outstanding, creative food, proven excellence over 10 visits in 2 years. The ceviches are out of this world, the stupendous rib eye steak is explosive, and everything is great, except the goat dish. The service is the most informed and friendly in the city. Those who rate it below a 9 must be competitors trying to lower Pasion' rating. Pros: great food, great service, great ambiance Cons: goat dish more
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  • In Short
    Pasion's two earth-toned dining rooms pulse with energy and tropical details including a tile floor and fabric-draped ceilings. Salsa music and the hum of the open kitchen...

  • 7/12/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm Fri-Sat 5pm-11pm
  • Payments:

    Master Card, Discover, Visa, American Express, Diner's Club
  • Neighborhoods:

    Center City, Rittenhouse Square